Okah brothers to sue Goodluck Jonathan for alleging they want to assassinate him

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The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger
Delta (MEND) has released a statement in
response to former President Goodluck
Jonathan’s statement that the group and their
leaders,Charles and Henry Okah were after his
life. Jonathan in a statement released by his
media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, yesterday denied
claims of sponsoring the Niger Delta Avengers
and also alleged that MEND and it’s leaders were
after his life.
Reacting to Jonathan’s claim, MEND released a
statement saying Jonathan failed to state whether
he was or wasn’t a sponsor of NDA. The group
stated that Charles and Henry Okah’s lawyers
have been instructed to institute lawsuits
againstthe former President. Read the statement
1. The attention of the Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been
drawn to a statement issued by one Ikechukwu
Eze, on behalf of former President Goodluck
Jonathan purporting to dissociate the former
President from the allegation leveled against him
by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA)
that, the former President was the Grand Patron
of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
2. With all due respect, the entire statement was
deeply provocative and embarrassingly
misconceived as it woefully failed to address the
core the issue of whether or not; the former
President was indeed, the Grand Patron of the
3. Rather, the statement employed
diversionary Tactics which dwelt extensively on
sour grapes! Any follower of events in Nigeria and
the Niger Delta who was privileged to read
the statement released by Mr. Jonathan would
immediately observe that the former President
had a score to settle with the Okah brothers as
well as with MEND who have since May 30, 2014,
stopped attacks on Nigeria’s oil and gas assets;
and are currently engaged in dialogue with
the Federal Government to find sustainable ways
and means of ending the festering Niger Delta
crises which were exacerbated by the
former President’s ineptitude, incompetence and
corruption during the 6years he governed the
4. Indeed, the problem in the Niger Delta today
has nothing to do with the current Administration
of President Muhammadu Buhari. Far from it! The
problem is simply, the failure of Mr. Jonathan to
address the root issues confronting the region
when he was at the helm. Even though he was
from the impoverished region; and had, by his
own admission in numerous electioneering
campaigns, experienced the utter poverty and
abject neglect of the region foisted by successive
Nigerian Governments and the International Oil
Companies since the discovery of oil in 1958 at
Oloibiri (a few meters away from his native
Otuoke) in Bayelsa state, Mr.
Jonathan disappointingly frittered away the
opportunity to rescue his people when the
Nigerian Presidency fortuitously landed on his
laps, virtually on a platter of gold. For 6 whole
years, Mr. Jonathan was busy drinking, making
merry and generally chasing shadows at the State
House. Such a fellow deserves to be ostracized
from the assembly of reasonable men; because
the Nigerian Presidency might never comeback to
the Niger Delta region as cheap as it came to Mr.
Jonathan; perhaps, in the next 100 years. 5.
Lest we forget, MEND was at the forefront of the
armed struggle back in 2006/2007 which forced
the then Government of President Olusegun
Obasanjo to consider the option of drafting an
Ijaw into the mainstream of Nigerian politics. That
was how the perpetually timid and naïve Dr.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan became Vice President
and later, President of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria. When he assumed the reins as President,
he did the unthinkable; he tracked down
perceived MENDleaders and promptly got them
imprisoned on a trumped-up charge of attempt to
assassinate him. Up until today, Mr. Jonathan is
still suffering from an assassination paranoia
complex (APC).
6. Secondly, a substantial portion of Mr.
Jonathan’s statement, unfortunately, dwelt on
judicial matters which are pending in
various courts in Nigeria and South Africa. For
instance ,Mr. Henry Okah’s Appeal in South
Africa’s Supreme Court is due for Hearing this
August; while his brother, Charles’ ongoing trial
in Nigeria is pending before Hon. Justice Gabriel
Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
7. The former President’s statement was
therefore, most highly contemptuous, injurious to
the credit of MEND and the Okah brothers; and,
above all, prejudicial to the eventual outcome of
the ongoing trials in South African and Nigerian
courts, respectively. Consequently, both brothers
shall, on account of the former
President’s prejudicial statement, institute legal
action against him in South Africa and
Nigeria within 60 days, commencing from today,
August 9, 2016. Accordingly, they have briefed
their respective Solicitors to formally engage the
former President in litigation.
8. Back to the core issue. MEND cannot hold brief
for the RNDA who pointedly accused Mr.
Jonathan of complicity in fueling the
ongoing Niger Delta crisis ;and patronizing the
NDA, apparently for political reasons. We are
however ,quick to point out the fact that, the
RNDA has merely vindicated MEND’s belief and
conviction that, the former President and his
cronies who lost the 2015 Presidential election
were using the illegal and treasonable NDA
platform to destabilize President Buhari’s
9. Finally, MEND is committed to working with the
current Administration to bring peace, stability
and development to the Niger Delta region. The
process has since commenced with
the constitution of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-
MEND AARON TEAM 2, Dialogue, Peace and
Development Initiative. Between August 22,
2016 and October 7, 2016 the AaronTeam shall
embark on a tour of the Niger Delta region.
The proposed tour is code-named “OPERATION
MOSES.” The key focus of the tour is to persuade
militants to ceasefire and support President
Muhammadu Buhari in his determined and
sincere effort to develop the region.
The tour shall also help to boost Nigeria’s oil
production capacity as well as improve host
community relations with oil and gas companies
in the country.

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